Subject: Mystery bug
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
December 31, 2013 11:56 am
I dropped a box of strawberries on the floor and as I was picking them up I noticed this little guy. Not sure if he was a stow away from somewhere in California or not. I live in Saskatchewan, Canada, where currently winter is just beginning and it’s -40 Celsius with wind chill. I have never seen a bug like this around here so any ideas are much appreciated! Thanks for your time.
Signature: Jess from SK
This Earwign appears to be in the genus Doru, and according to BugGuide: “Back edge of the forewings is black, with the other two thirds yellow. With wings folded this gives the appearance of a black stripe down the middle of the back.” Though most of the sightings on BugGuide are from the south, it is indicated that these Earwigs are found in Ontario. So, it may have been a stowaway on the strawberries, or it may have been a local species for you, though we would favor the stowaway possibility.